December 31, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/31/2008


The point where Buddhism radically departs from the thought and religion that had existed previously is that it uncovered within the individual's own life the "Law," or limitless inner power, for resolving all suffering on the most essential level. Buddhism is a teaching of unparalleled humanism that believes in the boundless potential within human beings.


December 30, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/30/2008


A life lived without purpose or value, the kind in which one doesn't know the reason why one was born, is joyless and lackluster. To just live, eat and die without any real sense of purpose surely represents a life pervaded by animality. On the other hand, to do, create or contribute something that benefits others, society and ourselves and to dedicate ourselves as long as we live to that challenge-that is a life of true satisfaction, a life of value. It is a humanistic and lofty way to live.


December 29, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/29/2008


Attaining enlightenment is not about embarking on some inconceivably long journey to become a resplendent godlike Buddha; it is about accomplishing a transformation in the depths of one's being. In other words, it is not a matter of practicing in order to scale the highest summit of enlightenment at some point in the distant future. Rather, it is a constant, moment-to-moment, inner struggle between the opposing courses of revealing our innate Buddha nature or allowing ourselves to be ruled by our fundamental negativity and delusion. This unceasing effort to polish our lives is the heart and essence of Buddhist practice.


December 28, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/28/2008


The Buddha's objective is to enable every individual to manifest his or her true identity. In other words, Buddhism lies in respecting yourself to the utmost, revering others to the fullest and making it possible for both you and others to blossom equally as individuals.


December 27, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/27/2008


Nichiren writes, "If you light a lantern for another, it will also brighten your own way." Please be confident that the higher your flame of altruistic action burns, the more its light will suffuse your life with happiness. Those who possess an altruistic spirit are the happiest people of all.


December 26, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/26/2008

The most basic Buddhist teaching is that everything is change, a never-ending series of changes. Nothing is ever still. What Buddhism seeks to do is, in the midst of that changing reality from which we can never divorce ourselves, in the midst of the "mud" of reality, to help us achieve a state of the highest hope and fulfillment and to lead society and our environment in the direction of peace and prosperity.

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December 25, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/25/2008


Each person has the potential to become a Buddha. Nichiren Buddhism starts from the realization that the supreme life-condition of Buddhahood exists in each of us. It is a teaching that makes it possible for us to achieve the most profound inner transformation-a transformation of our fundamental attitude or mind-set.


December 24, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/24/2008


Buddhist practice is a process through which we achieve spiritual fitness.


December 23, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/23/2008


Buddhism is not divorced from reality but is found within it, confronting human suffering head-on and teaching a way to overcome it. Buddhism is about transforming this world of suffering and hardship into a world of hope. Buddhism is in the here and now, not in some distant place.


December 22, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/22/2008


Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.


~Buddha


December 21, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/21/2008


Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

~Buddha


December 20, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/20/2008


Fools wait for a lucky day

but every day is a lucky day

for an industrious man.


December 19, 2008

December 18, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/18/2008


Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.


December 17, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/17/2008


Whether one believes in a religion or not,and whether one believes in rebirth or not,there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.


~Dalai Lama


December 16, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/16/2008


The Four Reliances


First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words;

Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher;

Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation;

And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind, not on judgmental perceptions.


Traditional Buddhist teaching


December 15, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/15/2008


We are what we think.All that we are arises with our thoughts.With our thoughts, we make our world.

~Buddha


December 14, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/14/2008


Love yourself and be awake -today, tomorrow, always. First establish yourself in the way,then teach others, and so defeat sorrow. To straighten the crooked you must first do a harder thing -straighten yourself. You are the only master. Who else? Subdue yourself, and discover your master.


December 12, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/12/2008


The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience,tolerance, humility, forgiveness.


~Dalai Lama


December 11, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/11/2008


As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery.

We have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace.The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger and attachment, fear and suspicion,while love and compassion, a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.


~Dalai Lama


December 10, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/10/2008


There is no fire like greed, No crime like hatred, No sorrow like separation, No sickness like hunger of heart, And no joy like the joy of freedom.


Health, contentment and trust Are your greatest possessions, And freedom your greatest joy.


Look within. Be still. Free from fear and attachment, Know the sweet joy of living in the way.


~Buddha


December 09, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/9/2008


Live in Joy, In love, Even among those who hate.

Live in joy, In health, Even among the afflicted.

Live in joy, In peace, Even among the troubled.

Look within. Be still. Free from fear and attachment, Know the sweet joy of living in the way.


~Buddha


December 08, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/8/2008


One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the messiah?""No", answered Buddha."Then are you a healer?""No", Buddha replied."Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted."No, I am not a teacher.""Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated."I am awake", Buddha replied.


~Buddha


December 07, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/7/2008


Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you.Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.


~Buddha


December 06, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/6/2008


On life's journey Faith is nourishment, Virtuous deeds are a shelter, Wisdom is the light by day and Right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him; If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.


~Buddha


December 05, 2008

December 04, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/4/2008


No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.


~Harry Emerson Fosdick


December 03, 2008

December 02, 2008

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 12/2/2008


Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.


~Epicurus


December 01, 2008